American Sign Language: own
"OWN" is an
interesting sign that doesn't show up in many printed ASL dictionaries.
The sign for "own" can be done several ways depending
on your context.
The general version of the sign for "own" starts in a handshape that is
similar to what you'd use to unscrew a light-bulb and changes into a
flattened "O" hand. The location changes from a couple inches in front
of the chest to actually touching the chest.
Believe it or not, this sign actually started out as the fingerspelled
letters O-W-N. At one time there was an "English" sign that consisted of
tapping the thumb side of an "O" hand against the chest twice.
Somewhere along the line it seems those two signs got combined and the
Here is the sign OWN, frame by frame. In the last frame, the flat of my
thumbnail is against my chest. At the end, the fingerprint pad of my
thumb is touching the pads of my index and middle fingers.
Another way to indicate ownership is to use the sign "MYSELF." The
sign "MYSELF" can be used for the concept of "my own."
"my-own" / "on my own" =
The concept of "have" can also be used to mean "own."
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